Family Typical Antbirds (Thamnophilidae)

Least Concern

Spot-backed Antwren (Herpsilochmus dorsimaculatus)


French: Grisin strié German: Fleckenmantel-Ameisenfänger Spanish: Tiluchí dorsimanchado

Herpsilochmus dorsimaculatus


, 1868,

Marabitanas, Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil


Relationships with other species unclear. Monotypic.


S Venezuela (W & S Bolívar, Amazonas), E Colombia (E Guainía, E Vaupés, E Caquetá) and NW Amazonian Brazil (E to R Trombetas in NW Pará).

Descriptive notes

11–12 cm; 9·5–10·5 g. Long tail graduated. Male has black crown, long white supercilium, black eyestripe; dark grey upperparts with blackish patches, back... read more


Loudsong a somewhat short (e.g. 1·5 seconds) trilling rattle, intensity and pitch rise and... read more


Canopy and subcanopy of humid, lowland evergreen forest, to 600 m. In Venezuela (Amazonas), most... read more

Food and feeding

Little published. Feeds on insects, including orthopterans and lepidopteran larvae; probably also on spiders. Closely associated pair-... read more


Nothing known.


Presumed resident throughout range.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Orinoco-Negro White-sand Forests EBA. Fairly common throughout most of its range. Region inhabited by this... read more

Recommended citation

Zimmer, K. & Isler, M.L. (2020). Spot-backed Antwren (Herpsilochmus dorsimaculatus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 26 February 2020).